PM Narendra Modi, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma in Time's most influential people list

Along with the Prime Minister, who is a regular on the Time list, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma too has made the cut.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been featured in Time's magazine's 100 most influential people list.

Along with the Prime Minister, who is a regular on the Time list, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma too has made the cut.

Describing Narendra Modi, author Pankaj Mishra writes, "In May 2014, long before Donald Trump seemed conceivable as a US President, Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of the world's largest democracy".

"Nearly three years later, his vision of India's economic, geopolitical and cultural supremacy is far from bein realised, and his extended family of Hindu nationalists have taken to scapegoating secular and liberal intellectuals as well as poor Muslims," writes Pankaj Mishra.

"Yet Modi's aura remains undimmed. He is a maestro of the art of political seduction, playing on the existential fears and cultural insecurities of people facing downward or blocked mobility," says Pankaj Mishra.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, riding high on the digital economy wave in India, has been featured in the Time list under the Titans category.

Nandan Nilekani, writing about the Paytm founder, says, "In November, when India's government unexpectedly scrapped 86 per cent of the country's currency notes, Vijay Shekhar Sharma seized the moment".